Students at Morrisburg Public School had a crazy hair day last Wednesday and, yes, indeed there were some very funky and some very out of the ordinary coiffures. Pictured above are the various grade representatives selected for the photo based on their outrageous dos. Front, l-r, are Michelle Chater, Kyra Lewis, Dawson Lewis, Celina McMillan, Zoe McMillan and Chloe Adams. Back, l-r, are Brandon Lovely, Bethany Baker, Harneet Cheema, Gabriel Baker and Shyla Crowder. In the closeup insets, l-r, Chloe Adams shows off her birds nest, Shylar Crowder her hair braided eyewear, and Michelle Chater her spring variety pack.
Seven members of the Riverside Heights Women’s Institute met on October 4, 2011, at the George Jowett Hall at 1 p.m.
The recent yard sale on Saturday was a success despite a cold and windy morning.
Lucie Durivage reported on the District’s one day bus trip to the Mackenzie King estate. Florence McManus mentioned that the bus is filled. It promises to be a nice day, ending with a stop at the Rideau-Carleton Casino.
A thank you was received from Winchester Memorial Hospital for a donation received from our branch.
Florence then showed us some of the jewelry pieces she made from dried potato pieces.
The list for the shut-ins was revised. Pauline Battershill will get the Christmas materials ready for members to deliver in December.
Food items were collected from the members to be donated to our food bank. A light lunch was served by the hostess, Giselle Lavictoire.
Next meeting will be November 1, 2011, at 1 p.m.
Patricia met a Wolf. Stella Luna, the fruit bat, made new friends. A busy Bee disrupted a picnic. Some bad sportsmanship spoiled a hockey game. A Lizard helped decide a talent contest. And Mister Man, Mother Nature and Happy dropped in to visit.
The Junior Theatre drama class, held at Upper Canada Playhouse during the week of July 15 to July 19, demonstrated many new drama skills to a very appreciative audience Friday afternoon, July 19. Under the guidance of actor/teacher Kate Veinotte, the 18 children, ages 5-9, took family and friends on a magical journey into the world of stories.
“Every story needs characters,” Veinotte said. “We made masks to explore new people we might want to get to know. The students learned the techniques for putting on masks on stage, and for adopting a character.”
Each young performer proudly showed off the mask he/she had made and introduced the audience to this “new” person, sometimes quite an unusual person.
Then the class pointed out that every story needs a “beginning, a middle and an end” and of course a “story needs a problem.”
Showing some wonderful creativity, the small performers proved that a story could grow out of even four completely mismatched objects like a hat, a puppet, a piece of clothing and a single hand prop. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the mini plays that the children put together using only these items for inspiration.
Then it was on to two exciting and often hilarious tales, finales to the performance, and tributes to the lessons learned at theatre school over a very busy week.
Conor Veinotte, a volunteer for the week, explained to the audience that when Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev wrote Peter and the Wolf, he used instruments like the oboe and the flute to introduce his characters.
“Unfortunately,” Conor said, deadpan, “none of your kids can play those instruments, so we call our version, Patricia and the Wolf.”
With their own voices providing the “music” of the story, the children enacted a very unique telling of the classic tale that had the audience thoroughly entertained.
Then the little fruit bat, Stella Luna, fluttered on stage to tell her tale of becoming lost and finding herself in a nest with three fledglings, who definitely thought hanging upside down by your toes was “wierd.”
However, as Stella Luna and the birds (and quite possibly all the children who enjoyed a wonderful week at Upper Canada Playhouse in junior theatre) learned, “the same or different, we are all friends.”
Spring is just around the corner, and so is the new South Dundas Recreation Guide.
Ben MacPherson, recreation programming coordinator for South Dundas is planning to finalize the spring/summer guide by the end of February.
Already some new offerings will be part of the guide including a gluten-free cooking class and a Qigong movement and meditation class.
New offerings like these are made possible by new instructors coming forward to share their talents.
Samantha Gove will be leading the gluten-free cooking class and Kim Hutt the Qiqong class.
“What I am looking for right now is for any other instructors interested in sharing their skills by teaching a new class to contact me,” said MacPherson.
Anyone with a program or a program idea is welcome to contact MacPherson to discuss the details.
Most importantly, contact him before February 15 so that the new program can be included in the next edition of the Recreation Guide.
MacPherson can be reached by telephone at 613-543-2937 or via email at email@example.com
The Rec. Guide is scheduled to be distributed before the March break, to let the community know about the March break programming that is available within South Dundas.